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RASS: Reference and Adult Services Section

Thank you to all our participants in our RASS Master Conversation which took place on April 27! About 20 RASS members met, led by facilitator Ron Kirsop. We are still digesting the reports, but some of the outcomes included:

  • Reinvigorating RASS will take time and effort over the next few years.
  • We can start by improving communication among our members. One avenue will be using the nyla-rass email discussion list to start online conversations.
  • The RASS Board will consider creating an action plan for the next 3-5 years to define our section's identity and develop initiatives that support that identity.
  • The Master Conversation started the process, examining our values, our needs, and our identity. We will continue this process through member engagement and increased communication.

We intend to create a mini-grant program, to be run through RASS with RASS monies. We can only do this if enough RASS members come forward to design the program - decide criteria, application process, who decides which grants to accept, and what amounts we can grant per project from our RASS monies. If you can help, please email Julia Schult (jschult at

Statement of purpose

The purpose of the Reference and Adult Services Section is to represent and promote the interests of librarians and information providers from all types of libraries who are concerned with the development of general and specialized reference, information and resource sharing services, and with the improvement of library services, materials, and programs for adults. The Section provides opportunities for networking, continued professional development, and the addressing of issues of statewide concern to its members